Vocational Nursing

The program below is undergoing modification and the modification will be placed into an addendum upon Chancellor’s Office approval - see your counselor for further information and visit the college website under www.swccd.edu/catalog link for the latest addenda updates.

Associate in Science
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02390)

Prepares students for direct patient care in situations where he/she is under the supervision of physicians and/or registered nurses. A major portion of the educational experience takes place in a variety of healthcare settings.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to articulate professionally and competently in the healthcare setting on issues regarding patient care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze patient data related to the medical condition(s) and adjust patient care according to the findings.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to analyze patient data related to the medical condition(s) and adjust patient care according to the findings.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will analyze, compute and correctly provide medications to the patient in the healthcare setting.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate collegiality and appropriate communication techniques when working with diverse healthcare providers, patients and family members.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate critical thinking skills and differentiation in plan of care for patients from various cultural backgrounds.
Prerequisites
CNA Certification or equivalent0-8.5
BIOL 190HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY4
CD 170PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT3
HLTH 204FUNDAMENTALS OF NUTRITION3
MATH 45ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA4
ADN 140READING AND COMPOSITION FOR NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS3
Total Units17-25.5
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
VN 30 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY 1
VN 31 BASIC CONCEPTS IN PHARMACOLOGY 1
VN 103 VOCATIONAL NURSING I 6
VN 103L VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY I 6
 Units14
Second Semester
VN 130 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES 2
VN 201 VOCATIONAL NURSING II 6
VN 201L VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY II 6
 Units14
Third Semester
PSYC 101 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
VN 250 MATERNAL-CHILD-ADULT HEALTH 4.5
VN 250L MATERNAL-CHILD-ADULT HEALTH - VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY III 4
VN 251 TRANSITION TO PRACTICE 1
VN 251L TRANSITION TO PRACTICE - VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY IV 1
 Units13.5
 Total Units41.5

COMM 174, Interpersonal Communication (3 units) must be taken as part of the General Education Requirement for vocational nursing.

Proficiencies required for department acceptance into this program include basic nursing skills (CNA or equivalent), college-level reading, and elementary algebra.

Transfer credit shall be given for related previous education completed within the last five years, and it will be considered on a case by case basis (Vocational Nursing Practice Act, Article 5, Section 2535).

Note: Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply to the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians to take the examination for licensure as a vocational nurse.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.